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Texas Cop Immune From Suit for Causing Motorcyclist’s Crash

March 8, 2019, 9:55 PM

A Texas police officer who caused a motorcyclist traveling at triple-digit speeds to crash by intentionally obstructing his path is immune from suit, the Fifth Circuit ruled.

The estate of Alvin Moon can’t proceed with a civil rights claim against Officer Jonathan Meachum because it failed to show that Meachum violated a clearly established constitutional right, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said.

The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly held that officers are entitled to qualified immunity for using deadly force to end high-speed chases, the court said, affirming dismissal.

Moon was traveling at speeds up to ...